The Utah Senate Thursday advanced a proposed constitutional amendment that said, in effect, that the Utah Legislature cannot be trusted. If this measure had made it through the Legislature and onto the ballot, that would have been so.
Senate Joint Resolution 22 would be the best evidence to date that our lawmakers will bow to political pressure and make very bad decisions. A couple of the senators said as much, admitting that they were voting for something they knew was a foolish idea for fear of being painted as big-spenders if they didn't.
Friday, those senators were saved from themselves when the sponsor of SJR22, Sen. Stuart Reid, without explanation, pulled the measure from consideration. Now those who voted for the amendment can brag they took a bold stand against spending, without having to subject their constituents to the horrific impact such a limit would really have.